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Precious Metal Workers - 51-9071.07

O*NET-SOC Description

Cast, anneal, solder, hammer, or shape gold, silver, pewter or other metals to form jewelry or other metal items such as goblets or candlesticks.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Artist
  • Bench Mechanic
  • Caster
  • Fabricator
  • Goldsmith
  • Pewterer
  • Platinum Smith
  • Restoration Silversmith
  • Silversmith

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Anneal precious metal objects such as coffeepots, tea sets, and trays in gas ovens for prescribed times to soften metal for reworking.
  • Assemble molds, wrap molds in heat-resistant cloth, and ladle molten alloy into mold openings, repeating casting processes as necessary to produce specified numbers of parts.
  • Carry castings or finished items to storage areas or to different work stations.
  • Cut and file pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.
  • Design and fabricate models of new casting molds, and chipping and turning tools used to finish product surfaces.
  • Design silver articles, such as jewelry and serving pieces.
  • Determine placement of auxiliary parts, such as handles and spouts, and mark locations of parts.
  • Engrave decorative lines on items, using engraving tools.
  • Examine articles to determine the nature of defects requiring repair, such as dents, uneven bottoms, scratches, or holes.
  • Form concavities in bottoms of articles to improve stability, using tracing punches and hammers.
  • Glue plastic separators to handles of coffeepots and teapots.
  • Hammer out dents and bulges, selecting and using hammers and dollies with heads that correspond in curvature to article surfaces.
  • Heat ingots or alloy mixtures to specified temperatures, stir mixtures, skim off impurities, and fill molds to form ingots from which parts are cast.
  • Peen edges of scratches or holes to repair defects, using peening hammers.
  • Pierce and cut open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.
  • Polish articles by hand or by using a polishing wheel.
  • Position and align auxiliary parts in jigs and join parts, using solder and blowtorches.
  • Position articles over snarling tools and raise design areas, using foot-powered hammers.
  • Research reference materials, analyze production data, and consult with interested parties to develop ideas for new products.
  • Rotate molds to distribute alloys and to prevent formation of air pockets.
  • Rout out locations where parts are to be joined to items, using routing machines.
  • Sand interior mold parts to remove glaze residue, apply new glaze to molds, and allow it to dry for mold assembly.
  • Secure molded items in chucks of lathes, and activate lathes to finish inner and outer surfaces of items.
  • Shape and straighten damaged or twisted articles by hand or using pliers.
  • Solder parts together or fill holes and cracks with metal solder, using gas torches.
  • Strike articles with small tools, or punch them with hammers, to indent them or restore embossing.
  • Strike molds to separate dried castings from molds.
  • Trim gates and sharp points from cast parts, using band saws.
  • Verify that bottom edges of articles are level, using straightedges or by rocking them back and forth on flat surfaces.
  • Weigh and mix alloy ingredients, using formulas and knowledge of ingredients' chemical properties.
  • Weigh completed items to determine weights and record any deviations.
  • Wire parts such as legs, spouts, and handles to article bodies in preparation for soldering.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust position of molds during processing.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds.
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products.
  • Build production molds.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Design jewelry or decorative objects.
  • Design tools, fixtures, or other devices for production equipment.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
  • Examine physical characteristics of gemstones or precious metals.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
  • Operate woodworking equipment.
  • Place materials into molds.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Remove workpieces from molds.
  • Reshape small metal components for precision assembly.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
  • Skim impurities from molten metal.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Solder parts or workpieces.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
  • Weigh finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Chaser
  • Pewter Caster
  • Pewter Fabricator
  • Pewter Finisher
  • Pewterer
  • Silversmith II

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chaser
  • Hammersmith
  • Pewter Caster
  • Pewter Fabricator
  • Pewter Finisher
  • Pewterer
  • Silversmith II